Final Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 Poster

The second annual Westport Mini Maker Faire is on Saturday 27 April.  The click on the image below to open up and download the final poster for the event.

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 Poster

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 Poster

On behalf of the Westport Mini Maker Faire Organizing Committee, we thank all of our sponsors who have supported our Mini Maker Faire.

The Tent Goes Up on Jesup Green

The countdown is on for Saturday. The tent is pitched and signs are made. We can’t wait to flood Jesup Green with makers!

Tent on Jesup Green

Mark Mathias and Bill Derry, co-chairs for the Westport Mini Maker Faire, ensure the tent and signs are in good shape.  Nick Mathias is helping to ensure there are fun things for children of all ages.

MaKey MaKey Magic!

What’s MaKey MaKey, you say? It’s a simple device that can turn virtually anything into a computer keyboard. Watch this video and explore the possibilities! Maker Josh Burker will be demonstrating his MaKey MaKey skills and teaching you how to make your own creations this Saturday at the Westport Mini Maker Faire.

Small Mossy Worlds at the Maker Faire

Last year, Westport Maker Faire attendees took Allison Wonderland Terrariums by storm, leaving maker Allison Gazerro with a sold out booth! Her terrariums are back this year and we can’t wait to see what adventures will be found under glass.

Allison Wonderland Terrariums

From Westport Maker Faire to the Runway

TV fashion competitions like Project Runway remind us that all great designers begin with a bolt of fabric and a DIY moment. Find out how the Maker Movement is catapulting the fashion industry into uncharted territory at the Westport Mini Maker Faire. Ellen Gang, acclaimed Connecticut-based designer and instructor at Sacred Heart University and FIT, will demonstrate draping fabric on a dress form to construct exquisite garments at this year’s Maker Faire.

Lotus Top by ThreeForm

Lotus Top by ThreeForm is available for sale at shapeways.com

Then, make way for the technology! Demonstrating maker ThreeForm is a design company that creates custom wearable art that fits a person’s exact measurements using 3D body scans and 3D printing.

Tech savvy supermodel Coco Rocha on the Shapeways production floor

Tech savvy supermodel Coco Rocha on the Shapeways production floor

Shapeways is a 3D printing service that is revolutionizing the fashion industry and will also have a booth at Westport Mini Maker Faire. Just this morning, supermodel Coco Rocha visited Shapeways’ NYC factory to witness how today’s designers print jewelry directly into metal, and fabricate full gowns for Hollywood stars.

The world’s first fully articulated 3D printed gown was printed by Shapeways, dyed, and adorned with 12,000 Swarovski crystals. Watch this video to see how the dress went from inspiration, to fabrication, to being worn by style icon Dita Von Teese.

Glass bead rings by Lavender Dawn

Glass bead rings by Lavender Dawn

Alongside the 3D printers will be Lavender Dawn with an oxy-propane torch turning hot glass into stunning accessories. Glass artisan Dawn Lombard Manning creates dimensional glass beads under a flame, cools them in a kiln, and designs wearable jewelry. Not only will you see Dawn in action at the Maker Faire, you can learn more about joining her bead making workshops at Brookfield Craft Center.

Mark Mathias Talks Maker Faire with John Hartwell

Founder and Co-Chair Mark Mathias recently visited DFATV’s Stream of Conscience show where host John Hartwell interviewed him about the origins of the Westport Mini Maker Faire and what it’s all about. See it here first! This video is set to air Wednesday, April 17, 2013 on Cablevision Channel 88.

John Hartwell interviews Mark Mathias about the Westport Mini Maker Faire. Mark is the Founder and Co-Chair of the faire. Working with Bill Derry of the Westport Library, they brought the first Maker Faire to Connecticut last April. This family-friendly event showcases the work of a variety of “makers” from Westport, Connecticut and beyond. It provides an outlet for anyone who embraces the DIY or DIT (do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. This year’s faire will take place on Saturday April 27th at the Westport Library.

Filmed in The Studio for Acting, Singing, and Video in Hartford, CT on March 17th, 2013.

Brought to you by Democracy for America Fairfield County: www.democracyforct.net

Maker Balam Soto’s project featured in Hartford Courant

Balam Soto, a presenting maker at Westport Maker Faire for the second straight year, has a hi-tech interactive installation in the show “Paper to Pixel” at Vernon Community Arts Center on view through May 12, 2013.

Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant wrote in an April 2 article, “The installation is made up of a five-foot cube hung with white fabric. A projector is aimed at the cube. From there, the installation takes two forms. On performance days, Soto’s 14-year-old daughter, Jade, straps sensors to herself and dances in the cube. The sensors set off a series of visual and audio projections based on her movements. (‘When it’s dark, it looks tremendous,’ Soto says.) On non-performance days, visitors can pick up a small cube with the same sensors in it. How the visitor plays with the cube will determine the visual and audio output.”

Read the full article, visit Balam’s website, and see the artist’s sensor suit and other projects in action at this month’s Westport Maker Faire!

Balam

Balam

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 Poster Available

UPDATED Saturday 20 April 2013 to include a new version of the poster with many added sponsors!

We are pleased to announce that the Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 poster is now available for download and distribution:

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 Poster

Please share this poster with your friends and display it in prominent places after having receive permission from the appropriate people.

Special thanks to our current sponsors, including:

And our media sponsors:

A special thanks to Alex Reardon for her work creating the poster.

If you would like to add your name and logo to our list of sponsors, please contact Mark Mathias at mark@westportmakerday.org or 203-226-1791.

CALL FOR MAKERS: Westport Mini Maker Faire – Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Westport Mini Maker Faire, produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. and the Westport Library, is a community organized Faire that brings together science, crafts, arts, engineering, technology, music, and workshops. It will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am – 4 pm at the Westport Library and on Jesup Green.

This family friendly event showcases the work of a variety of makers from Westport, Connecticut and beyond – we provide an outlet for anyone who embraces the DIY or DIT (do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

  • Call for Makers Open Date: January 30, 2013
  • Call for Makers Close Date: March 27, 2013
  • Entry Form

How It Works

  1. Click the above “Entry Form” button and fill out the form with as much detail as you can
    • this year we’re going to have signs for your tables, and possibly some sort of maker identification, so don’t misspell your name!
    • give us videos, pictures, blog posts, anything to learn about your project and then publicize it once you’re in
  2. Click the big “Submit” button at the bottom once you’re done
  3. We’ll receive your submission, and you’ll be put on our “Maker Applicants” list
  4. Within 2-3 weeks of submission (be patient with us – we’re all just volunteers you know), you will receive an email letting you know you did or did not get approved. Space is limited so be sure to get your project in early!
  5. All approved makers will be put on our 2013 Makers mailing list and you will receive the Maker Manual to get you up to date on all of the details
  6. On April 27th, you arrive early at Jesup Green and the Westport Library with bright eyes and bushy tails, set up shop, and get to showing off your projects and inspiring people

We’re looking for makers who fit into these categories (and others!):

  • 3D Printing
  • Amateur Rocketry
  • Arduino
  • Art Cars
  • Clothing Making
  • Composting
  • DIY Biology
  • Edible Schoolyards
  • HAM Radio Operators
  • How to Fix Things or Take Them Apart
  • Human Powered Machines
  • Make Your Own Instruments
  • Molecular Gastronomy
  • Performer
  • Raspberry Pis
  • Robotics
  • Rube Goldberg Groups
  • Student Projects
  • Tesla Coils
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • Vintage Electronics and Computers
  • Woodworkers
  • Workshops and Speakers
  • Anything else you can probably come up with!

Standard Maker Setup
The day of the Faire, you will get an 8′ x 8′ space. Each space will have one 6’ table and 1 chair. There will be electricity if needed, based upon information supplied on your application. You will need to bring everything else that you need. If you need additional space, please let us know on the application form. You’ll want to be able to display your work and/or show how you make something.

Application Form
Head to http://goo.gl/NfBj2 and fill it out to the best of your ability to tell us about yourself and your project
For any questions or comments about being a maker, please send us an email at mark@westportmakerfaire.org.

Other Ways to Participate
Sponsors
: We are happy to have individuals, organizations, foundations and companies sponsor us.  We have four different levels to suit different needs. We are also happy to customize sponsorship opportunities to fit specific needs.  Check out the attached Sponsorship Opportunities document or contact Mark Mathias at mark@westportmakerfaire.org or 203-226-1791.

Volunteers: This Faire wouldn’t exist without volunteers. We are 100% homegrown and community organized! If you’d like to join the team or know someone who would like to volunteer that day, please go to our website. Soon there will be a link to a volunteer form.

Westport Library Maker Space and Bill Derry Featured on MakerLibrarian.com

An excellent story about the Westport Library’s Maker Space and an interview with Bill Derry appeared on the Web site MakerLibrarian.com today.  Read the story and see the photos at:  http://www.makerlibrarian.com/westport-library-makerspace/

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